of MHCA's work is carried out through its committees and forums.
Members find that participating in these groups affords them opportunities for learning and networking as they
contribute personally to the continued growth and development of MHCA. Standing
Committees oversee the central and ongoing business of the
organization; Forums examine topics of
critical and timely concern and are open to participation by all
members; Task Forces carry out specific
projects identified and supported by the membership at large but are
usually limited to an appointed core of members.
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Standing Committees perform duties as implied by their names and are
made up of appointed officers and members.
MHCA's inception, members have recognized that the ever-changing health
environment makes it crucial for them to focus on "what’s ahead
for behavioral health service providers." This Forum makes every
effort to prepare MHCA members for the future. Operating as a
"think tank", it focuses on identifying and anticipating
issues and opportunities for tomorrow's community behavioral health center.
MHCA, in preparation for national healthcare reform, appointed a
member-driven work group in May, 2011 to study trends, assess member
readiness, and identify resources to maximize members’ understanding of
and participation in effective reform. The work group met again in
August, 2011, and conference forums specific to healthcare reform were
held throughout the year. In November, 2011 MHCA contracted with
Criterion Health as a consultant to the process. At that time the work
group was officially recognized as the MHCA Healthcare Reform Advisory
Committee answerable to the MHCA Board of Directors. Membership in the
Committee was formalized, and it was agreed that throughout 2012 and
beyond, pertinent healthcare reform forums will be held at our quarterly
conferences to showcase informed speakers and strategic member
activities. The Committee will meet at least quarterly and additionally
on an as-needed basis.
& Technology Committee members perform the valuable function of analyzing and
recommending information systems for use by member centers. Another of
its responsibilities is to ensure effective communication; in this
effort, the committee has championed MHCA's Internet presence through
development of the Association's website. The committee meets as a
Forum and encourages wide participation.
This Committee was formed to
explore issues such as: expansion into global markets, international
branding, boundaryless products and services, etc.
issues, goals and strategies to enhance the corporate identity and
maximize the development capabilities of MHCA members. The solid
reputation of our members serves as an excellent basis for MHCA's
corporate brand. MHCA seeks to expand our shared recognition in order to
further members' reach within and beyond their communities.
Ad Hoc Committee has
developed membership criteria and a formal recruitment process. It meets
as needed to review membership retention and recruitment and to
consider issues dealing with membership. The committee supports guest
and new member orientation (held at each quarterly conference).
Forum’s objective is to identify and analyze present trends and issues
related to behavioral healthcare and to communicate these to
the MHCA membership. MHCA members are encouraged to share
their experiences with the larger membership.
Standing Committee provides oversight and establishes the process for
nominations and elections for the MHCA Board of Directors. It also
presents a slate for election of the officers of the Corporation.
Members provide important guidance on outcome measures and trends
pertaining to behavioral health research as well as quality improvement
initiatives. MHCA members are encouraged to submit
information to the committee's Accreditation
Surveyor Report Card (an accreditation review data bank, which is
available for members prior to their own site visits). In the report
card, you will find contact information on JCAHO
surveyors and CARF
surveyors. The committee provides oversight for MHCA's
benchmarking tools that measure a complete array of excellence
indicators including clinical access, staffing patters, financial and
A nationally used Customer Satisfaction Management System was
developed by the group and is marketed by MHCA to members and others in the
behavioral healthcare industry. An MHCA National Data Center performs
analysis and provides reports on the customer satisfaction instruments.
Based on the Institute of Medicine’s (IOM) Quality Chasm report (2001) and their study on improving health care for mental
and substance use conditions (2006), the Quality Improvement
Collaborative is an initiative to build QI capacity, improve performance
and promote transformational change in mental health service delivery